Del “Abe” Jones

LET’S BUILD THE US PEACE MEMORIAL

We have memorials for heroes
Who have fought in wars and died
For great generals and others
To express our nation’s pride.

From the American Revolution
Until the wars we fight today
Where we honor those people
For, the ultimate price, they pay.

We have statues of politicians
And the leaders of our land
Monuments for almost everything
Some small, some huge and grand.

They are made of stone – cast in bronze
Carved in mountainsides and wood
Some are fanciful, some somber
As we celebrate all those, we should.

But, if you just think about it
And if you search, everywhere
You will see that one is missing
And sadly, so many don’t seem to care.

Where do we credit all those folks
Who stand for peace and good will
Who speak out against those wars
That maim, destroy and kill?

Some will say it’s unpatriotic
To try to find a different course
To resolve the world’s conflict
With sane and rational discourse.

They don’t support the troops!
They want to give up and surrender!
They don’t want to fight for freedom!
It’s just passive words, they tender!?

That could not be further from the truth
It’s because, they, honestly do care
What’s wrong with peaceful resolution
Especially, when it is just and fair?

Let us all honor those peacekeepers
Who would strive to find a better way
To resolve the world’s differences
And end, the terrible price we all pay.

They deserve their own monument
For their valiant fight against all war
Striving for world peace and freedom
Isn’t that, what America stands for?

So, let’s build the US Peace Memorial
For people of the world to come and see
The people of our nation, long for peace
Across every land, where all live free.